Another solution to the nagging Windows update restart popup

My last post described how to stop the windows update service to get rid of this annoying restart pop up. Well there seems to be another and more elegant solution. I found this solution on

In short this solution involves changing the group policy (Windows XP). Do like this:

  • Start the group policy editor (Start/run/gpedit.msc)
  • Navigate to Local Computer Policy/Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/ Windows Components/Windows Update
  • Set the “Re-prompt for restart with scheduled installations” to a very large number so it doesn’t bother you for a reasonably long time. This makes sense because you might want a first indication that Windows Update isn’t completed.
  • Alternatively you can set the “No auto-restart for schedule Automatic Updates installations” to turn it of completely.

Of cause if your pc are in a domain or you are not the administrator of the pc, you system administrator might not allow you to change these setting.

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